Many of you already know that our Rector Emeritus, Mary Elizabeth Pratt Horsley, failed to wake up on Sunday morning and has gone peacefully to be with her Maker.

Mary Elizabeth came to St. Benedict’s in 2000 at a time when the church was in considerable turmoil and conflict.  It was during her time as rector that the church building was moved from Camp Roberts, and that services began in the as yet unfinished sanctuary. It was also during this time that the diocese strongly urged St. Benedict’s  to close as it was thought to be an unsustainable parish.

Mary Elizabeth’s ministry brought healing to the congregation and the vision to keep moving forward against great odds. The courage and optimism that she brought to her own life brought strength to the church and she continued as Rector until 2005 when her health made it difficult for her to continue in active ministry.

Mary Elizabeth was a linguist, an accomplished quilter and a musician. She shared her gifts and her love freely with everyone she met.

Even in retirement she continued to offer her gifts to the church, leading our healing ministry and providing opportunities for social connection such as Movie Nights, Meet Me in Morro and the Lunch Bunch. Mary Elizabeth was an active member of the clergy team, continuing to lead the smaller services even after she slipped and fell while celebrating the 10:30. Her final sermon is available on our website.

Please hold John in your prayers together with their children Laura and Matthew and grandchildren, Lauren and Austin. You can send cards to 308 Lilac Drive, Los Osos, CA 93402

Her Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, March 18 at 4pm

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